Speaking of Life

The Mystery of the Pigeon Code

Last year, a message was discovered in a canister attached to the leg of a dead pigeon that had become stuck in a chimney.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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In our modern age of smart bombs and unmanned drones, it may seem hard to believe that once the most effective unmanned flying machine was the humble pigeon. Because these birds could find their way home over long distances, they were used during the World War II as a highly accurate way of carrying coded messages.

Last year, one of these messages was discovered in a canister attached to the leg of a dead pigeon that had become stuck in a chimney. The message, which has 27 five-letter code groups, is said to be impossible to crack without its codebook.

There is something fascinating about messages, isn’t there? Some people seem to think the Bible is just as mysterious as the code found in the chimney, containing top-secret information that must somehow be unraveled so the real truth may be known.

Ever since the scriptures were written, scholars have pored over them, in search of a better understanding of God’s will. These studies left them with many unanswered questions. This is what Paul was referring to when he wrote to the church at Colossae that the word of God was to some extent “a mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations.”  However, he says, it is no secret anymore. “I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness” (Colossians 1:25-26).

The mystery has been revealed - God has come to us through Jesus.  Jesus himself told the biblical scholars of his day, "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of me; and you are unwilling to come to me, that you may have life" (John 5:39-40).

Experts may never decipher the mystery of the Pigeon Code, but with Christ as our key, there’s no mystery left in the message of the Bible.

I’m Joseph Tkach, Speaking of LIFE.

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